Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer from 1995-2016. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.
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MADISON -- A Wisconsin Senate committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday on a bill that would not punish underage drinkers if they seek help for their intoxicated friends. The bill ran into opposition at an earlier Assembly hearing, when police officials expressed concerns about restrictions on their enforcement efforts. The bill's supporters say underage campus drinkers are refusing to tell police about sexual assaults and other crimes they see, so they don't get in trouble themselves. The Madison campus grants immunity, and Senate Democrat Fred Risser of Madison wants the other 25 UW
Low-income Wisconsinites who use propane to heat their homes will get an extra $14 million under the federal fuel assistance program. U.S. Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin announced the allocation Thursday as state residents continue to struggle with a propane shortage that has raised prices beyond $5 per gallon. Gov. Scott Walker made a similar request to President Obama this week, and he reinforced the urgency of the matter when Obama flew into Milwaukee Thursday for a speech in Waukesha. Baldwin said rural homeowners are facing "crisis conditions." U.S.
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MILWAUKEE -- Gov. Scott Walker and his main election challenger were both in contact with President Obama before his speech in Wisconsin Thursday. Neither the Republican Walker nor Democrat Mary Burke was planning to be on hand when Obama speaks about job training and his economic agenda at a General Electric plant in Waukesha. The governor said he had to chair a meeting of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Board in Madison Thursday. Burke said she had campaign stops scheduled in northwest Wisconsin.
None of Wisconsin's 424 school districts were closed Wednesday, even though students had to trudge through wind-chill factors in the minus-teens-and-20's. Schools in Algoma, Kewaunee, Luxemburg-Casco, and the Menominee Tribal district had two-hour delays -- but other schools around the state didn't even have that. Most schools were closed Monday and Tuesday after being closed for two days earlier this month due to the bitter cold. School officials are adjusting their calendars, to make sure they get their state-required 180 days of class time in.
GLENWOOD CITY -- It took just two emergency meetings within hours of the Jan.
While many in Wisconsin scraped and shoveled five to nine inches of snow on Sunday, folks in the far north are dealing with considerably more. The National Weather Service said Ashland had received 23 inches of snow as of 6:30 a.m., Monday including five inches overnight. Brule in Douglas County got half of its 12 inches overnight. Bayfield picked up more than eight inches by 6:30, and it was still coming down. Five-to nine inches fell Sunday in much of Wisconsin's southeast quarter.
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WAUSAU -- Up to 30 long-term residents lost their homes in a weekend fire at the Wausau Days Inn, located north of the fairgrounds on the city's northwest side. Officials said Sunday that the blaze started in a plumbing-and-electrical space between two rooms at the Days Inn on Wausau's west side. Investigators are still trying to find out why. The fire began just after 8 p.m., Saturday.
Autopsy results indicate the death of an 18-year-old UW-River Falls student found unresponsive in a bathtub at a Somerset home early Sept. 14 was likely the result of a pre-existing heart condition. Sarah M. Boettcher, a freshman from Kewaskum, was discovered, unconscious in the upstairs bathroom of a home at 461 Marlon’s Court at about 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14. She’d spent the night there as a guest. Resuscitation efforts were begun immediately by police, Somerset First Responders and a paramedic from Lakeview Medical Center, but she was later pronounced dead at the scene by a St.